FOR THE RECORD
FOR THE RECORD
An ongoing compendium of accumulated FYIs, Footnotes and Anecdotes.
1. Appreciate the Grind
If you start looking at hotels as a chore and all that, your job gets pretty brutal. You have to look at it from the bright side, be positive.
-Tom Danielson
2. WITH LANGUAGE BARRIERS, IT’S SOMETIMES BEST TO LET IT GO
"As we were wrapping-up a young Italian man in RadioShack hat and Beatles tee-shirt asked Nathan to autograph a magazine spread featuring Ryder Hesjedal."
-MFS
3. BE HAPPY, BE FAST
"Cadel Evans smiled and laughed after the finish today, he looks strong, he looks confident, he looks almost happy, like he’s enjoying himself."
-MFS
4. KEEP YOUR OPTIONS OPEN
"You can’t have just one guy and one plan. You need options. You need several guys and several plans."
-David Evangelista
5. DON’T FORGET YOUR FRIENDS
"Robert Vrecer, Team Euskatel, who, after riding through that very same tunnel, recognized some friends on the side of the course, rode over to them smiling-style and high-fived them all as he passed."
-MFS
6. Surround Yourself with Ambition
You could tell he [Vaughters and Pierce] had the drive to turn it [5280-Subaru] into something, and it was also clear that those were the guys you wanted to be mentored by.
-Alex Howes
7. Swallow Your Pride
I just assumed that if I want to be good, I needed to eat exactly what they ate, I needed to ride just as hard as they rode, and I needed to pretend to speak French just as well as they actually spoke French.
-Alex Howes
8. Commit
I needed to make some serious assessments: is this what I want to do, do I want to be a professional cyclist, am I committed to this? The answer was, 'Yes.'
-Alex Howes
9. Every Fraction of a Percent Counts
Off the bike I do everything possible to eat right, maximize nutrition, train my body and get as fit as possible—all these infinitesimal percentage gains.
-Alex Howes
10. Dial Your Gear
Having my bike not work as intended is a huge distraction for me while I'm racing, so I make a habit of double checking it the night before.
-Dan Chabanov
11. Do it with Passion
I don’t know how to dance, but like most things, I do it with passion. And it turns out ok. I don’t know how to make love and I have six children. I don’t really know how to ride a bike... but I do it with passion.
-Jens Voigt
12. Leaders Make Sacrifices
He’s willing to sacrifice himself week-in and week-out being the road captain, making sure that when Stetina hits the bottom of the climb, Stetina is in a good position.
-Reed McCalvin (on Alex Howes)
13. NURTURE MORE THAN JUST YOUR LEGS
Jasper is going to be successful even if he never wins a classic, even if he never wins a grand tour stage, even if he never wins another race once he goes up to the Pro Tour. He will still be successful and teams will always want to have him around. He’s professional, he’s smart, he cares, he’s well-rounded. He has character.
-Reed McCalvin
14. When It’s a Chore, It’s Over
But if you really want to do it, just do it. Have fun. But don’t feel like you have to do it. If it feels like a chore at 14 you’ll never make it.
-Jasper Stuyven
15. Don’t Ride Blind
You get an idea in your mind of what options you have, what you can try. Moreso, it’s knowing and understanding the roads they are on.
-Jasper Stuyven
16. Only Winning Counts
I was World Champion and that I won Roubaix as a World Champion. That’s what people remember. They don’t know that I was 3rd another year.
-Jasper Stuyven
17. Avoid Mistakes, Don’t Compensate for Them
If you make one mistake you're gonna be fucked because in races like this, you can't use your fitness to overcome mistakes. If you do, then you don't have any fitness left to race the bike race.
-Dan Chabanov
18. Beat the Clock on Your Opportunities
There's no time limit on getting a real job, settling down, putting some money into a bank. Theres no ticking clock for that. I can go get a job. But I can't turn around one day when I'm 37 and think, "Hey, I want to race Philly.
-Dan Chabanov
19. USE SHITTY DAYS AS MOTIVATION
There is no way to express what it feels like to ride up the wall once dropped. I now know what that feels like, and I never want to experience that feeling again.
-Ben Chaddock
20. Mind Your Company
If the guys on Bissell don't like somebody that somebody is not going to get on the team, even if that somebody won a stage of the Tour de France.
-Evan Murphy
21. If It’s Possible, Try
I'm not exactly built for these races, and on a day like today I know it's probably time to pull out of the race, but if there's a chance in hell at making it, I want to make it.
-Sam Johnson
22. Maximize Development Time
Everyone wants to move up as fast as possible. They want to ride on the Sky bus and eat from the Garmin chef and have a BMC bike. But wait. Wait as long as possible. Just wait. At the development level, riders are in a closer age range and so their training ability is a little bit closer.
-Reed McCalvin
23. Recognize Your Mortality
I tell them they're like water bottles— they’re full now but when they’re empty they'll be thrown away. They laugh and think it’s funny, but it’s true. When they stop working, stop riding on the front, stop winning stages, they won’t be kept around.
-Reed McCalvin
24. Keep Perspective on Your Work
The guys that stick around are the ones who really want to do well, but realize that at the end of the day we're riding a bike around in the woods, or in a muddy field. It’s real work, people spend a lot of money and we get paid to do it, but we have perspective.
-Ryan Trebon
25. Be Faster Than Those Ahead of You
If you’re sitting there thinking, 'I want to ride for Cannondale CX,' it's not complicated. You have to beat the riders that are on the team right now.
-Ryan Trebon
26. Train in Discomfort
Everyone can go out there and ride for four hours, that’s easy. It’s about being comfortable with being uncomfortable—going out there and riding hard for four hours. Pushing yourself.
-Ryan Trebon
27. Find Your Balance in Life
Training is easy, I’m not super regimented or dialed. I have to balance it with my quality of life, and the sustainability of the program. I’m not winning the Tour de France, but the guys winning the Tour de France aren’t getting the powder days I am.
-Jamey Driscoll
28. Preserve Your Love
I quit, but found a different place and way to ride because I love it too much. And now I have a much better connection to my sport because of it.
-Tim Johnson
30. COPE WITH THE SCHEDULE
You have enough little things—a massage at three or a meeting at six—that you can't do anything for longer than a few hours.
-Lachlan Morton
31. Worry About Your Own Curve
It would have been cool to have gotten into it earlier and to be further along the curve than I am now, but in 15 years I’ll probably be glad I went to college and did some other non-cycling, real life-type stuff.
-Phil Gaimon
32. You Can Always Coach
Everybody coaches, it’s hard not to. If you're a pro you know enough by default to bring a Cat 5 to a Cat 2 without any difficulty. If they do what you tell them to do, at least.
-Phil Gaimon
33. Aim to Support Yourself First
Until you break-out however, it's a struggle just to meet your basic human needs, and that struggle can be all-consuming. Escaping that financial pressure/trap...what it does for your racing, it's huge.
-Phil Gaimon
34. Don’t Overanalyze
I'm not going to win the Tour de France but I am getting better every year. 15-20 watts a year, that’s how I've been building. It'll slow down eventually, but right now I know I can finally-actually compete in all these races I've been watching on TV for so long.
-Phil Gaimon
35. IF YOU PUT YOUR HAND UP, YOU GET THE SUPPORT
When you put your hand up and say that you want the team to ride for you there is a lot of pressure to make a result happen. It's self regulating that way. If you put your hand up, you get the support.
-Lachlan Morton
36. ENJOY THE ATMOSPHERE
It wasn't a good race [The 2014 Tour Down Under] for me in terms of results. But the crowds are good and I like the atmosphere.
-Lachlan Morton
37. SERIOUSLY, ENJOY THE ATMOSPHERE
Ironically, I kinda hate being cheered when you're not at the front. It feels like you're letting everyone down.
-Lachlan Morton
38. IT’S A LONG YEAR, KEEP THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE
I was realistic about how I'd prepared. You can't ride at the front in the World Tour unless you are are 100% prepared. Physically, mentally and emotionally
-Lachlan Morton
39. UNDERSTAND ROMANTICISM VS. “THE GAME”
The first hard race of the year helps you get rid of the romantic view of cycling which you build up during the off season. It reminds you what this game is all about.
-Lachlan Morton
40. CONTRIBUTE MORE THAN JUST PEDALING
"12 years later, the reason I stayed afloat in the sport is just by hustling. Contributing to teams and sponsors off the bike, with more than just pedaling."
-Adam Myerson
41. PREPARE FOR THE EMOTIONAL AND MENTAL STRESS
"It’s not boring in the peloton, shoulder to shoulder, lots of bumping and elbows and jostling, and then with 40k to go it gets so fast, it’s not the physical stress, it's the emotional and mental stress."
-Ben King
42. MEASURE AMBITION APPROPRIATELY
I’m not going to be able to win the Giro d’Italia but I want to be part of a team that can. So why wouldn’t I work for Ryder, why not do everything I can for him?
-Nathan Haas
43. FIGHT MONOTONY
Sometimes I go on a search to find someone. The other day I found Phinney after about 40 minutes, but It took a while. We'll talk about anything. Just anything. Weird things.
-Peter Stetina
44. THINK BEFORE YOU EAT
You not only have to eat what you want just to get it down (you kind of lose your appetite eventually), but you need to think about how it digests, and the order in which you eat.
-Peter Stetina
45. STAY POSITIVE
The crashes have definitely been low points, they hamper performance but thankfully morale never went down.
-David Evangelista
47. IGNORE THE CAMERAS
Christian Vande Velde sat in full-kit near the start ramp for an entire ten minutes, doing nothing, barely moving, while a Stedicam Operator walked around him in concentric circles, moving his rig in and out, up and down.
-MFS
48. MAKE ALLIES, NOT ENEMIES
He was followed after a beat or two by three Colombians all lined up ONE-TWO-THREE style, each on a different team from the each other: Fabio Duarte (Team Colombia) Betancur (Team Ag2r) and Rigoberto Uran (Team Sky).
-MFS
49. NEVER LEAVE YOUR MIND AT HOME
You don’t miss home if you neglect it. If you’re not living at home mentally, then you’re fine. But as soon as you start getting pictures of your dog, and you hear about all the snow, then you start missing home and you start thinking, "I wish was there, and you start thinking about your favorite coffee shop and talking to girls in English.
-Alex Howes
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